Imagine if you showed up at the airport, got on the plane and discovered that you were the only passenger?
Would you be scared or excited?
One woman was treated like a queen when she boarded a flight from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete. The Scottish novelist, Karon Grieve, of Dunlop, Ayrshire showed up at the airport after paying $60 for a flight and learned that she was the only passenger on the 189-seat plane.
Imagine the leg room and space for your luggage?
“I turned up at the check-in desk and was joking with the staff, saying ‘how many people are on this flight?'” Grieve said. “The guy was laughing at me and he said ‘oh come on, guess.'”
Grieve and the guy at the check-in desk had a little back and forth banter as she guessed the amount of passengers on the plane until he finally broke the rare news that she was one of three passengers.
“We got it down from 10 to four and he said ‘you’ll never guess it, there’s only three of you,'” she said. “But when I got to the actual gate, the other two people hadn’t turned up.”
When small groups of people find themselves in similar situations, they tend to connect, and there was no exception to that rule in this circumstance, as Grieve admitted that she and the flight’s crew bonded for the entire flight. Grieve was taking the trip to Crete so she could spend a month writing a crime novel.
“We were all on best friend terms before we’d even got on the plane,” she said, admitting that the crew treated her like a VIP. “The captain was fantastic. She came and sat beside me while the first officer did all the flight checks and we were chatting away about the flight.”
She went on to share the extra travel perks she received when the crew gave her a lesson on geography while in-flight…
“Every time she made an announcement she said, ‘Hi there Karon, you’ll see Croatia on your left-hand side,’ and then we flew through this amazing lightning storm and she suddenly came on and said, ‘Hi Karon and the girls, quickly run to the other side of the plane and look at this, it’s amazing.'”
“It was just surreal,” she said of her unplanned VIP trip.
According to aviation experts, it’s not rare for outbound planes to fly with few passengers this time of year because airlines are in the midst of updating their summer schedules.
“This was our last flight to Crete from Glasgow Airport this year, marking the end of a very busy and successful season,” a Jet2 spokeswoman said. “We’re delighted that Karon got to experience our VIP customer service in style onboard our award-winning airline. It is not unusual for the final outbound flight of the season to have fewer bookings than normal, and the return flight back to Glasgow was completely full with customers returning from a lovely holiday. We hope Karon has a fantastic time in Crete and that we got her trip off to a great start.”